Known as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is a dramatically beautiful country with deep lakes, towering mountains, spectacular waterfalls and verdant rainforests. There are 10 national parks in Uganda, the best known of which is the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home to around half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking is a true bucket list experience and Uganda’s biggest drawcard! But this small East African country has many other highlights that are also worth exploring. Go chimpanzee tracking in nearby Kibale National Park, and visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for a classic safari experience. While up north, the Nile River thunders through a narrow chasm creating the incredibly powerful Murchison Falls.

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Highlights in Uganda

  • The highest concentration of primates on earth
  • Spend an unforgettable hour with a family of mountain gorillas
  • Chimpanzees and colobus monkeys in beautiful Kibale Forest
  • Phenomenal birding with over 1,000 species recorded
  • River safari up the Nile to thundering Murchison Falls

Best time to travel

Dry Seasons (mid-December to February / June to September)

Gorillas can be seen at any time of year. However, since gorilla trekking tends to involve steep slopes and thick mud it is more comfortable to travel in one of Uganda’s two dry seasons. Remember that the gorillas do live in rainforest so conditions will still be humid and wet. And don’t forget your gaiters!

Travel regions within Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest covers the steep mountain slopes of southwest Uganda. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incredible rainforest is home to eleven kinds of primates…

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